Turkey started to dismantle a monument dedicated to the friendship between Yerevan and Ankara situated in the town of Kars, at the Turkish-Armenian border. This comes after a dispute started by Turkish prime minister Erdogan who had called it "an obscenity" placed besides the tomb of a Muslim scholar.
Dogan Akhanli, German writer and activist of Turkish descent, in jailed in Istanbul. Akhanli wrote two books on the Armenian genocide, called for an independent investigation into Hrant Dink's murder and founded an association educating people to the memory of Metz Yeghern.
Editorial by Pietro Kuciukian, Armenia's Honorary Consul in Italy
L’historien Stefano Levi Della Torre a écrit à propos de la proposition de loi «Pacifici» visant à punir le négationnisme : «le mensonge par la loi implique une vérité par la loi. Celle-ci est une idée chère aux inquisitions…
An Armenian couple mindful of the genocide undergone rescued a Jewish family during World War II, and has hence been honoured by Yad Vashem.
Turkish intellectuals launch a call to commemorate the genocide in Istanbul and write: "This mourning is for all of us". Rome's Armenian Community promotes the awareness campaign "I do remember".
This is the content of the resolution approved by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US Congress with a 23 to 22 vote. Ankara recalls its Ambassador.
the genocide of the Armenians
In the framework of first world war (1914-1918), in the area of the Ottoman Empire, in Turkey, we witness the unfolding of the genocide of the Armenian people (1915 – 1923), the first of the Twentieth century. Through it the government of the "Young Turks", which seized power in 1908, carried out the elimination of the Armenian ethnic group, which has inhabited the Anatolic area since the Seventh century b.C..
In the memory of the Armenian people, and also according to the historian's estimates, two thirds of the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire, nearly 1,500,000 people, perished. Many were the children forced to convert to Islam and the women sent to the harems. The deportation and extermination of 1915 were preceded by the pogroms of 1894-96 planned by Sultan Abdul Hamid II and by those of 1909 carried out by the government of the "Young Turks".